The heroine, Fleda, at eleven years of age, converts the hero of the tale, Carleton, an English nobleman and a skeptic. Soon an orphan, she goes to her uncle whose family is suddenly plunged to struggling want. Fleda, yet a child, is now the virtual head of the family; and, by her industry, self-denial, tact and moral control, manages the home. All this make her quite impossible'yet we like her and love her none the less, for reasons which one can hardly describe, but which all who read her history will easily comprehend. Despite her toil and cares, she grows up a radiant and lovely woman, meets again with Carleton at New York, where she visits occasionally; and finally becomes his wife.